November 17th, 2008
|11:59 pm - Murder, Sex, Murder, Sex, Drinking, Comics|
If my journal doesn't survive the move, please know that I loved you all.
Except you. Yeah, you.
Man, this whole Miguel thing makes me really really uncomfortable. I don't like his involvement, and I don't like Dexter sharing the Code and his methods with him. And aaaaaah holy shit is he seriously going off-book and killing that lawyer lady RIGHT NOW???? This is going to be such a fucking mess. Unless it's a booty call. It was either sex or murder.
Miguel is even creepier than Dexter. I both love it and hate it at the same time. It's kind of chilling to realize that all this time, Miguel has essentially been a serial killer waiting to happen. It's an interesting story to watch, but I'm not quite sure how believably they're selling it, since he seems so fucking blasé about it most of the time, so damn casual. Which, I suppose, is what makes him so batshit. The show is returning to some of those season one themes, the ways in which Dexter's "normal" and darkness don't make him that much different from us regular people.
I am really loving Harry-as-Dexter's-conscience, though. Or, not conscience, per se, but as a representative of his inner turmoil. Because even though he doesn't show it, we as the audience recognize that Dexter isn't actually talking to Harry's disapproving ghost or something: he's talking to himself.
But I'm not even sure where this is going! Like, it's walking the line between predictable and unpredictable. It makes me happy and uneasy at the same time. Like the blocks are falling neatly into place, except these blocks are icky. Miguel's obviously going to go too far, though. I can't see where else this story could go; there's no way this partnership is going to last very long. No one wants to see The Dexter and Miguel Show. Miguel's totally going to kill someone he shouldn't (like the lawyer lady). The problem is how is Dexter going to kill him and not get caught? He's the ADA! There'll be a huge investigation!
Anton! Nooooo, don't be skinned!
"Guerrilla Radio" and "Du Hast"! Hee, good music this episode.
Sal! Aw, Turtle. It's cute. I like when he's likable and not just sex-obsessed and gross.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Oh man, so. It's the old "give the main character fever dreams" device. TERMINATOR CACTI OH NOES. I thought the obsession with the three dots was kind of silly because, um, Sarah, it's three dots. They make a triangle. It's not very special. BUT THEN THEY WERE ON THE BLOOD WALL WTF. I can't wait to see where this goes.
And Ellison totally stole the body and AAARGH HE IS SO MISGUIDED (AND HA HA HA HA HA CAMERON TURNED HIM OVER LIKE A LITTLE TORTOISE). Stop trusting the T-1001, dude! This is not going to end well! I mean, you are becoming part of the most ridiculously convoluted paradox of all, in which SKYNET CREATES ITSELF FROM THE FUTURE. I'm not sure how much I like that idea, honestly, as fun as it is, because from the movies, the whole wonderful monstrous freaky danger of SkyNet is that it just sort of...happens. It's that old Fear of Technology, the idea that we're reaching too far and one day something will trigger and boom. I like the suddenness of it. This seems so calculated and planned, as if it's not an enemy we create but an enemy yet to be created that we're already fighting.
And since we're into temporal paradoxes now...it's time for TIME TRAVEL HIJINKS THEATRE. The scenes with "Paul Stewart" gave me Henry Gale flashbacks, and I was really hoping that it would turn out he really was just this random guy and Jesse was crazypants. But I did not expect to get young Charles Fischer! Very neat. And then there was some very confusing stuff about kidnapping and torture and popcorn. I love that the show is acknowledging that what they've done already must have already had some ramifications in the future, and the existence of alternate futures is pretty damn cool, but if Jesse came from a different future, shouldn't she have ended up in a different present when she time traveled? I'm just saying.
Oh man, they should be chasing Guy La Fleur all the time. I love puzzles and shit! Fibonacci keys! Fruit punch poison! Mass spectrometry! CASEY SINGING A HIGH C!! (I laughed and laughed and laughed. Also, awesome that they let Sarah have a very plausible red herring guess first.)
I also like that the show was fairly clever—despite being really obvious—about the Hilarious Sexy Misunderstandings with Chuck and Sarah. And speaking of clever, so many props on hoodwinking me yet again: why do I never call the Random Buy More scene that will end up being a surprise plot point? Because I totally thought that, hello, they should just copy the damn files first, but I also thought that, you know, something encrypted that highly probably won't let you pop it in a computer and hit Ctrl-C. But no, no, no, they'd already gotten around that in the first fifteen minutes of the damn episode. Show, I continually applaud your ability to hide vital information in throwaway gags.
And then: nooooooo, everyone totally called it, but I didn't want it to be true! I was really hoping that Jill wasn't FULCRUM, but once that scene started, it was blindingly obvious what the outcome would be, and yet, the scene played really well, and it still had a good punch to it. Josh Schwartz knows his musical montages.
How I Met Your Mother
I thought Jillian looked really familiar, and I couldn't place her, so I looked her up...and it was Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Ha. Of course.
Also, it's like the show is reading my mind. Because I have totally been thinking, "Is Ted still an architect? Does he have a job? Does he work? We don't hear about Ted Mosby, Architect anymore."
Crisis on Infinite Heroes
So Arthur Petrelli also has the power to cause people to revert to childhood states? Is this Super Pac-Man shit? So Hiro is ten years old now...like he wasn't already? But now he's age-traveled! (The references to current comic storylines were amusing.) Shrewd move, Petrelli. Although why he didn't just take his power is...well, there'd better be a damn good reason. Maybe he thought he might be the catalyst, even though he didn't find out about that until afterward.
So I was waiting for Sylar and Elle to have full-on hatesex. And then she Jean Greyed everything but his pants. AND THEN HE TOOK THE PAIN AWAY WITH THE POWER OF HIS EMPATHY OH MY GOD. What fun is Sylar if he's not poking around in people's brains? Now he's Peter 2.0! And he wants to be all good and stuff, but he's still on the side of the Villains. And so is Elle. And they'll eventually have full-on electrosex.
(Although, seriously, even their referencing the events of the last episode didn't make Elle's characterization make more sense. He was all, your father made you this way! Even though you were perfectly sane and normal one year ago! He brought you up crazy except for this one stretch of time where you were on really great drugs or something, and then you went crazy again.)
Claire pulled her awesome Jump Out the Window move! I love that shit! And now she's the specialest special again. Way to set things up seven episodes ago, show?
DAPHNE SAVED PAC-MAN WITH THE POWER OF HER LOVE OH MY GOD. This show is really sappy. And this episode was written by Tim Kring. Was Crossing Jordan really sappy?
Mohinder's character is completely plot-dependent, isn't it? I'm glad they're still giving him a developing rash thing, but he is no longer psycho and he doesn't spin webs out of his ass or anything. Did he get some sort of medication? I don't remember whether Pinehearst had any treatment for him, but it's like that whole Jeff Goldblum phase never happened.
I'm glad the Heroes and Villains have gathered in their respective locations, though. That's fun stuff, and now they can duke it out. And the eclipse is coming! What will it bring? WILL THEY ALL LOSE THEIR POWERS? WILL THEY ALL GET SECONDARY MUTATIONS? CLAIRE IS GOING TO TURN INTO A DIAMOND.
Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: The Puppini Sisters - Walk Like an Egyptian
|Date:||November 18th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)|| |
HIMYM continues to be awesome. I like its occasional Seinfeld-esque quality in coining the obvious. Whoo!
I continue to miss brain-eating Sylar and the days when Heroes made sense (all three of them). I missed an episode the week before last and now I don't know what the hell is going on. And I'm not sure if I care to find out.
I haven't missed an episode, and I am finding myself caring less and less as well.
|Date:||November 18th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)|| |
Way to set things up seven episodes ago, show?
They set that up WAAAAAY longer ago than that. Save the cheerleader, save the world and all that.
Yeah, except...the catalyst is BAD for the world. Unless you reinterpret the statement as "Save the cheerleader [from Arthur Petrelli]."
|Date:||November 18th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)|| |
It's more like I'm certain there will be some giant plot
device twist that means if Clair had died, they wouldn't be able to save the world this time either.
I am very tired and initially read Murder and Mulder. I was so curious as to what you had to say about Fox. Now I am sad. Maybe it is a sign that when the LJ move is completed (years and years from now*) you should just do a post about how awesome Mulder is or something.
Heroes was boring to me last night. I also thought we were going to see some HateSex, but Sylar being nice? Meh. I guess it makes a change. Or something.
*Someone else on my flist pointed out: 4 hours=56 fan years. Heh.
But I did not expect to get young Charles Fischer! Very neat.
Neat - but also creepy, because maybe he wouldn't have followed the same path as Fischer the Elder, but now he'll be locked up and ripe for the Skynet-plucking when the time comes.
In a multiverse situation, why would Jesse have to come back to her own past timeline? The machine might not work that way. Of course, timelines usually might be so similar that nobody would ever know.
Yeah, I read about that. So scary.
|Date:||November 18th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)|| |
So quickly skipping over the shows I haven't seen yet.
I loved Terminator. Again. I love the creepy Charles Fisher SL and Warren. Hello. That was freaking awesome. And Ellison? Steeling cromeartie? Excellent.
The dream stuff was a little boring but the other stuff was great.
And on to the Woo. Hee. I loved it. Just pure, fluffy fun.
Remember Back to the Future Part II? Something else must have happened to Jesse between the present and the future to her to have memories that Derek didn't.
That's my guess, anyway.
I caught a bit of Sarah Conner Chronicles. Apparently, Adam from Buffy was on; I didn't recognize him. Also, Toby from The West Wing was on (he was the bald guy who was the torturer in that flashback and then later was tortured). It looked intriguing.
I didn't like Chuck as much; I might have liked it more if I hadn't been in the damn bathroom when Casey was singing! Although I didn't like Jill being a Fulcrum agent.
|Date:||November 19th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)|| |
JORDANA BREWSTER! I knew she'd end up evil, but I still don't care. I want her to stick around and be a badass villain like she was in D.E.B.S.!
I feel the same way about Dexter. I can't really predict what's going to happen. I think that Miguel will kill Lawyer Lady and then Dexter will have to kill him, but I'm not sure... and I have no clue where Deb's storyline is going. I think the show's been great, as usual, but it has a weird feel to it this year. The main case doesn't seem as big; it's more about Dexter and his relationships. I have a feeling everything will come together in the end, though.
I don't watch any of those other shows! I gave up on Heroes and Sarah Connor this year.
The main case doesn't seem as big; it's more about Dexter and his relationships.
Yeah, there's an ongoing mystery, but it's kind of incidental.
I gave up on Heroes and Sarah Connor this year.
Oh no! Why'd you give up on SCC? It's so good!! There were a couple rocky episodes early in the season, but it's been really great.
|Date:||November 19th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)|| |
Honestly? I forgot to watch/DVR the first episode of the season, and I couldn't be bothered to download. I also have too much other TV on Monday... Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Chuck and Boston Legal. I liked the show well enough last year, but it never really grabbed me. I haven't seen any of the movies, either.
I, too, have issues with Skynet creating itself. Like, for one, why do the robots in disguise need to even go about reverse engineering more robots? Couldn't they just come back to the past with all the plans they need programmed into them? Unless it's important for humans to feel like they created their own monster and are being punished for playing god with technology. But... that's what it was actually like before. Without Skynet creating itself. It kinda takes the fun WE DOOMED OURSELVES out of everything. (except that we created Skynet in the first timeline... so Skynet came back in time... to create itself... in a new timeline......... AGGGGHHHHHH TIME LOOPS YOU ARE SO CONFUSING)
Crisis on Infinite Heroes
I really enjoyed Elle being crazy and lightning-y and desperately attacking Sylar, that was really effectively done i thought... until it turned into electrical healing. And i agree, the wildly varying depictions of Elle's craziness are kind of annoying. I think she's awesome and entertaining, but consistent characterization? What's that?
I am also super confused by these eclipse shenanigans, because before now there was NEVER ANY INDICATION that the eclipse in the pilot frigging gave them their powers. Like... what? Huh? Wasn't that just a symbol? For looking cool? GAH, STUPID. But then, i could complain about Heroes all day.
Well, if it isn't the most adorablest Wendy there ever was, making a stop at my journal! I am pleased.Like, for one, why do the robots in disguise need to even go about reverse engineering more robots? Couldn't they just come back to the past with all the plans they need programmed into them?
Right? I mean, if you're going to create yourself, just...do it. Send the robots back in time to enslave humanity. Give Catherine Weaver the plans, like you said. Hell, the Planet of the Apes
series did the time loop in a much less complicated manner!It kinda takes the fun WE DOOMED OURSELVES out of everything. (except that we created Skynet in the first timeline... so Skynet came back in time... to create itself... in a new timeline......... AGGGGHHHHHH TIME LOOPS YOU ARE SO CONFUSING)
Ha, seriously!Crisis on Infinite Heroes
FINALLY. I have been waiting for WEEKS for someone to pick up on that. I've been using it since I came up with it a while back
. I'm glad someone appreciates it.I really enjoyed Elle being crazy and lightning-y and desperately attacking Sylar, that was really effectively done i thought...
Oh, I agree. Good scenes, even though they were a little repetitive.And i agree, the wildly varying depictions of Elle's craziness are kind of annoying. I think she's awesome and entertaining, but consistent characterization? What's that?
I found the backstory we learned about her when she was messing with Peter interesting! It was cool to see what being raised in Primatech would do to a person. And I was enjoying her flirting with Good at the end of season two. But then at the beginning of this season, she was sort of villainous again, and then she was randomly basically a decent, sane person One Year Ago, and now she wants to be good again, and...the hell? Several people seem to agree that her role in the flashback was meant for Eden, who would have fit much better.I am also super confused by these eclipse shenanigans, because before now there was NEVER ANY INDICATION that the eclipse in the pilot frigging gave them their powers. Like... what?
Right? I mean, several of them manifested before the eclipse, and, uh, Tracy just manifested for no particular reason, and Hiro landed in samurai Japan during the eclipse, but that was a TOTAL COINCIDENCE since Kensei was obviously way powered up already and had been for a while. Or maybe he wasn't, I don't know. That was boring shit, dude. Anyway, yes! Eclipse! It's just cool! The end!Wasn't that just a symbol? For looking cool? GAH, STUPID.
Hee.But then, i could complain about Heroes all day.
Same Cow time, same Cow channel.
I thought the obsession with the three dots was kind of silly because, um, Sarah, it's three dots. They make a triangle. It's not very special. BUT THEN THEY WERE ON THE BLOOD WALL WTF. I can't wait to see where this goes.
I thought it was pretty obvious: they're going to be introducing Predators into the SCC canon now.
Ah, it's sweet that you still sound interested by Heroes. I'm still watching, but it gets more and more stupid. I miss the awesomeness of s1.
I thought Heroes rash looked like they'd glued sequins to his neck.
I miss crazy Elle. But yay, KBell, getting to do some proper acting. With Quinto! They're very cute together. I was also amused how Claire was all like, 'I'm not afraid of you! I'm tough! Grrrr!' and they basically just picked her up by the ankle and dragged her off. Because she's like four inches tall.
I sort of figured that Arthur hadn't finished doing whatever on Hiro's brain, and it had a weird side effect. But I don't know. I find Hiro annoying now, and I used to love him. But that is basically how I feel about the show in general, sigh.
HIMYM was soooo good. I want an office in the head of a dinosaur with a button that I can press to make it shoot out fire, that's AMAZING. I am not surprised Barney chose SVEN.
Chuck continues to be really, really good this season. I love how they're like, 'What do people want to see? Chuck and Casey kissing! Sarah talking in Australian! Casey singing!' The presence of Jordana Brewster amuses me though because that's what I always used to call my friend Jordan. It just rolls off the tongue!
Definitely you, limey.
Ah, it's sweet that you still sound interested by Heroes.
I want an office in the head of a dinosaur with a button that I can press to make it shoot out fire, that's AMAZING. I am not surprised Barney chose SVEN.
I want to be in that office too!!
Chuck continues to be really, really good this season. I love how they're like, 'What do people want to see? Chuck and Casey kissing! Sarah talking in Australian! Casey singing!'
Ha! And it's totally organic too! For the most part. (But even with the Chuck-and-Casey kissing, I love how they allow the characters to make educated guesses that are WRONG. So much of the time on TV, characters magically figure it out on the first try.)
I knew it was me! I hate you like I hate my mother's cooking. Which is... not all that much. Sometimes, though!
I agree about Chuck. It's really well done. I find it interesting that Josh Schwartz has done SO WELL with his post-OC shows, considering the OC had a great first season and then descended into utter tripe. Both Chuck and Gossip Girl are consistently good and well-done, even though they're very different shows. I wonder if it's just a case of Schwartz learning a LOT from his OC experience about giving fans what they want, giving fans what they need and not giving fans what they think they want.
Did you know Josh Schwartz was 26 when he was showrunner on OC? That makes me feel slightly ill.
I've just realised that I said 'Heroes rash' up there. I meant Mohinder's rash. It was the worst makeup job ever.
Did you know Josh Schwartz was 26 when he was showrunner on OC? That makes me feel slightly ill.
That's just nuts. NUTS. J.J. Abrams is really young too.
I wonder if it's just a case of Schwartz learning a LOT from his OC experience about giving fans what they want, giving fans what they need and not giving fans what they think they want.
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. How does he know the difference between what we want and what we think we want?
J.J. Abrams is really young too.
How does he know the difference between what we want and what we think we want?
Like, there must be people out there who are DESPERATE for Chuck and Sarah to get together properly and can't understand why they don't. But if they did, the show would lose something. The suspense about when they get together is so much more interesting to watch.
It's played really interestingly in Gossip Girl. The couple that everyone 'ships, Chuck and Blair, have this bickering, slightly spiteful relationship, but that insane hatesex chemistry. And they have gone there. And then they fall out and hate each other again, and it's so fun to watch. And the characters have actually said that they can't just settle down, because they know that what makes their relationship so awesome will disappear and they'll just be like every other couple. And it's more satisfying than if they DID, because you still get their bickering and their insane chemistry, but it has the facility to keep going and going.
Whereas Rob Thomas was very bad at that in VM. Once Veronica and Logan got together, he didn't know what to do with them, and he ruined it. Especially in s3. Logan and Parker? Still makes me angry.
ND HA HA HA HA HA CAMERON TURNED HIM OVER LIKE A LITTLE TORTOISE
OMG, THANK YOU for explaining that! I knew I should get it, but I just could not figure out why she did it!
Also, I pretty much agree on everything you said about SCC!
I knew I should get it, but I just could not figure out why she did it!
Hee. It was so hilarious. Because all she got from the tortoise anecdote was "If you see something on its back, turn it over." One for the cyborgs, indeed.
Hey, this is from the latest Supernatural recap:
He snaps Dean's shoulder back into place (which makes me think of my friend Sunil, who keeps dislocating his shoulder; hi Sunil).
Is that about you? I think it's about you! I like Cindy McLennan's recaps a lot, so, it's awesome if you're friends!